Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HIGHLANDS + Red Bull Music

Long Beach, California psych-poppers Highlands have teamed up with Red Bull Music to premiere their newest track, "Onto You," off their upcoming sophomore album, Dark Matter Traveler.

Out July 15th on the band's own Say Again Records, Dark Matter Traveller was recorded by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) and mastered by J.P. Bendzinski of Crystal Antlers.

Of "Onto You," Red Bull Music editor Elliott Sharp writes: "It shows Highlands' love for classic shoegazers like Slowdive and Ride, But the foggy, zonked tune also has a Black Angels-y psych-rock thing happening."

Another song off Dark Matter Traveler, "Beauty," was premiered this month on BrooklynVegan.

"If you used to listen to Swervedriver in the '90s... this will be right up your alley."
–USA Today

"Ghostly drone-rock-meets-dream-pop"
–OC Weekly


GLOOM + Revolver

Revolver Magazine is now streaming "Chromosomal," a track off Gloom's self-titled debut EP.

The Washington, D.C. band has been aptly described by MetalSucks as "towering, savage, blackened death groove"; frontman Bill Calomiris names Suffocation, Gorgoroth, and Crowbar as influences.

Loudwire recently put Gloom on its ongoing list of "Best Metal Songs of 2014," branding the band as "sonic obliteration."

While many bands dazzle with their technicality, Gloom transcend the herd by using their shred in the service of concise, memorable songs. On the Gloom EP, they one-up the try-hards and slay eardrums with short, sweet, modern metal anthems which are, as MetalSucks attests, "guaranteed to do things to your head: get stuck in it and completely fucking obliterate it."

Out June 24th, Gloom was produced by Marshall Wieczorek of Wretched and features cover art by Steven Mercado (Dillinger Escape Plan).

Stream Gloom's "Unrequited" on MetalSucks.
Stream Gloom's "Entity" on GunShyAssassin.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

JAR'D LOOSE + Decibel


With Jar'd Loose's second full-length, Turns 13, out today on The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl), Decibel Magazine hosts a stream of the entire album.

Produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane), Turns 13 proves Jar'd Loose to be true oddballs with the courage to be as creepy and as mainstream as they please. Swaggering dirt rock, cryptic lyrics, and shockingly melodic hooks show the band taking influence not only from the AmRep scene but from the past four decades of commercial rock radio as well. 

Jar'd Loose kick off a short tour this week with fellow Chicagoans The Swan King (member of Pelican).

May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
May 31 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts Tavern
Jun 1 - Albany, NY @ The Lowbeat Club
Jun 2 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ JR's
Jun 5 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
Jun 8 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington

"A scathing blast of chest-caving fun... Turns 13 is a grinding, twisted, dynamic batch of noise-rock anti-anthems full of acidic riffs and The Jesus Lizard-esque bile... Sick, sinuous and sly."
–The A.V. Club

"Turns 13... finds this unhinged quartet developing their brash noisy sound even further... and producing sarcastic, vitriol-drenched noise rock."
–Terrorizer 

"Treading on '90s material similar to peers like Pissed Jeans and Blacklisters, Turns 13 almost feels like a 'how to' guide to angst... The band is extremely capable and though they wear their influences on their sleeves one could hardly accuse them of slavish imitation. Jar'd Loose hits certain notes just right, notes that will surely resonate with ne'er-do-wells everywhere."
–Exclaim!

"They are a band unlike any other, which makes them above rating. Extreme to exhilaration, opener 'The Light Took Us' is vocalist Eddie Gobbo going swamp thing while the band shovels sludge, snarl and fuzz trauma against a stoner groove. Insanity with a bullhorn and lyrics to make Don Van Vliet proud, the epic title track alone is worth the ticket to the midway. It's reckless abandon for the less-than-innocent."
–About

"Some of the best off-kilter noisy rock available today – twisted, strange and wonderful."
–Verbicide

"Jesus-Lizard-meets-dirty-rock swagger."
–Gear Gods

"Swing and groove for days? Check. Hooks designed to reel in the most elusive of great whites? Check. Enough moss to make a Southern-fried sludge enthusiast tight in the jeans? Double check. And I haven't even mentioned the bratty punk vibe permeating throughout the album. It's like Jar'd Loose gave so many fucks about fucking shit up that they forgot to give a fuck about you, the listener... Don't be too surprised when this ends up on my year-end list."
–Last Rites

"The down-tuned Helmet-like grooves will leave you bruised and scarred but are also so alluring that they will keep you crawling back for more. Vocalist Eddie Gobbo's raspy snarls spew forth tongue-in-cheek lyricism all over the filthy rhythms... Turns 13 is a hard-hitting and gleefully oddball record."
–American Aftermath

"The group's mix of noise rock, early hardcore, gutter rock, '90s indie, and death metal is one weird amalgamation, but one Jar'd Loose make work incredibly well... At the front of Jar'd Loose is frontman Eddie Gobbo... He's snotty, confrontational, unhinged, pissed off, deranged, and absolutely impossible to turn away from."

–Meat Mead Metal

HUSH. + Revolver

HUSH. has revealed "We Left Like Birds," the next new song off its upcoming debut full-length, Unexist. 

Stream "We Left Like Birds" exclusively via Revolver Magazine.

Out June 24th, Unexist was mixed by Scott Evans (Old Man Gloom, Ladder Devils) and mastered by Brad Boatright (High on Fire, Nails).

Invisible Oranges, who recently premiered "Solus," the opening track off Unexist, gave the album this review: "HUSH. are often compared to the canny mind-rewirers in Neurosis, particularly their Times of Grace. Indeed, Unexist operates similarly: it takes extremes of volume-as-texture and rockets the respective decibels at the others in a game of post-metal chicken. The crash begets new forms... Times of Grace is a touchstone, sure, but so are bands like Bloodlet. HUSH. is punker than most epic post- peers. The punk gene is still evident, not muted by years of splicing. It gives Unexist a sorely needed immediacy..."

American Aftermath, who premiered "Eater of All Things," another track off the new album, wrote: "Extremely thick and heavy, with tinges of melody. It calls to mind bands like sludge/post-metal greats Neurosis, and more recent doom darlings Thou... Unexist is an intelligent and blisteringly heavy monolith that puts a lot of records in its class to shame."

HUSH., based in Albany, NY, features former and current members of From Ashes Rise, Self Defense Family, and Endicott.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ACxDC + Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges has posted "Destroy Create," the opening track off ACxDC's debut album, Antichrist Demoncore.

Invisible Oranges editor Ian Chainey hails the LA powerviolence favorites, writing, "the quintet can start, stop, and shift with the skills of Lack of Interest, bruise bodies and eardrums by way of Crossed Out breakdowns, and stealthily slip a knife under your guard a la Slap A Ham's finer satirists."

He goes on to declare that the one-minute opener "straight crushes" and that its deft shuffling of tempos resembles "prestidigitation in audio form; sly-ass shit."

Out June 24th on Melotov Records, Antichrist Demoncore was produced by Nails drummer Taylor Young and mastered by From Ashes Rise frontman Brad Boatright. Although the band has been around for a decade, this is its first full-length.

Distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc, Melotov Records is home to releases by The Banner, Ghostlimb, Old Wounds, and more.

Stream ACxDC's "Filicide" via LA Weekly.
Stream ACxDC's "Endless Failure" via Noisey.

Starting with an appearance this weekend at Maryland Deathfest, ACxDC will be tearing it up all over the US and Europe, all summer long. 

May 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
May 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar
Jun 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Wall Street
Jun 14 - Tijuana, MX @ Dis Is Tijuana Fest
Jun 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Jun 20 - Long Beach, CA @ Di Piazzas
Jun 21 - Merced, CA @ Tigers & Daggers Records
Jun 21 - San Jose, CA @ Rock Shop
Jun 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Vacation Vinyl

Jul 4 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Jul 5 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo Festival
Jul 6 - Kortrijk, Belgium @ The Pits
Jul 7 - Bristol, UK @ Arc Bar
Jul 8 - Gateshead, UK @ The Black Bull
Jul 9 - London, UK @ Unicorn
Jul 10 - Paris, France @ La Miroiterie
Jul 11 - Bordeaux, France @ Heretic Club
Jul 12 - Marseille, France @ La Salle Gueule
Jul 13 - Torino, Italy @ White Lion's Club
Jul 14 - Padova, Italy @ Seven Live
Jul 15 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Klub Attack
Jul 16 - Budapest, Hungary @ Gozsdu Mano
Jul 17 - Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Obscene Extreme Festival
Jul 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ New Noise Festival
Jul 20 - Vienna, Austria @ Venster 99
Jul 21 - Wroclaw, Poland @ Ciemna Strona Miasta
Jul 22 - Poznan, Poland @ Rozbrat
Jul 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Koma F
Jul 24 - Rostock, Germany @ Jaz
Jul 25 - Weimar, Germany @ Gerber 3
Jul 26 - Rokycany, Czech Republic @ Fluff Fest
Jul 27 - Bielefeld, Germany @ AJZ Bielefeld

Aug 3 - Denver, CO @ Denver Black Sky Festival


JAR'D LOOSE + Terrorizer

Terrorizer Magazine presents the premiere of Jar'd Loose's "Jackson the Pollock," a song off the Chicago band's second album, Turns 13.

Terrorizer reports, "Turns 13... finds this unhinged quartet developing their brash, noisy sound even further... and producing sarcastic, vitriol-drenched noise rock that endless Jesus Lizard comparisons just don't do justice to."

Well known by now for its driving, swaggering dirt-rock, cryptic lyrics, and shockingly melodic hooks, Jar'd Loose outdoes its AmRep-worshipping peers by embracing above-ground influences. Frontman Eddie Gobbo has cited "Aerosmith and Alice Cooper"; a recent review on Last Rites likens his vocals to "Axl Rose having an aneurysm."

Out next Tuesday, May 27th, on The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl), Turns 13 was produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane).

Jar'd Loose hits the road next week for a short US tour with The Swan King (member of Pelican, ex-Asschapel).

May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
May 31 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts Tavern
Jun 1 - Albany, NY @ The Lowbeat Club
Jun 2 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ JR's
Jun 5 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
Jun 8 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CR + High Times

The full, uncut transcript of my interview with Lil Debbie is up now on HighTimes.com. The article is out now in print in the July '14 issue of the magazine. Photos by Samantha Marble. Thanks to Polly Watson.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GLOOM + GSA

Washington D.C. metal upstarts Gloom have revealed another new song off their self-titled debut EP, Gloom, out June 24th. The track, "Entity," is now streaming exclusively via Gun Shy Assassin.

Of Gloom, MetalSucks has stated, "the band's genre-bending brand of towering, savage blackened death groove is so overwhelming, so powerful that it's guaranteed to do things to your head: get stuck in it and completely fucking obliterate it." MetalSucks premiered Gloom's song, "Unrequited," last month.

While many bands dazzle with their technicality, Gloom transcend the herd by using their shred in the service of concise, memorable songs. On the upcoming Gloom EP, they one-up the try-hards and slay eardrums with short, sweet, modern metal anthems, equally quoting Suffocation, Gorgoroth, and Crowbar.

Gloom's debut EP was produced by Marshall Wieczorek, drummer of Victory Records headbangers Wretched. The cover art is by Steven Mercado (The Dillinger Escape Plan).









HIGHLANDS - Dark Matter Traveler

From Long Beach, California, Highlands announce the July 15th release of their second album, Dark Matter Traveler.

Stream the song, "Beauty," off Highlands' Dark Matter Traveler, exclusively on Brooklyn Vegan.

Named for the Scottish Highlands and rooted in a love of Creation Records bands like Slowdive and Ride, Highlands might be Anglophiles but they are Southern Californians too. Like the Golden State itself, Dark Matter Traveler is a glorious confluence of forces: a surface of beauty and calm, barely shrouding an underbelly of darkness and unease. The tension therein makes Dark Matter Traveler the thrilling flight that it is. Spine-tingling hooks glide atop metronomic beats while dissonant layers confuse and subvert. Frontman Scott Holmes' otherworldly vocals blanket the mix from above, thick as LA smog. 

Furthering the vibe set forth on their 2012 debut, Singularity, Highlands have conjured up an astonishing new trip with Dark Matter Traveler. OC Weekly labelled Highlands' debut, "ghostly drone-rock-meets-dream-pop," and USA Today declared, "if you used to listen to Swervedriver in the '90s... this will be right up your alley." On Dark Matter Traveler, Highlands – vocalist/guitarist Holmes, guitarist Stephen Edmunds, bassist Beau Balek, and drummer Chris Figelwicz – deliver on such promises, offering up a perfectionist's vision of psychedelic pop-rock. It drives, soars, and haunts.

For the production of Dark Matter Traveler, the band chose longtime friend Rollie Ulug, known within the SoCal hardcore scene for his work as producer with such bands as Graf Orlock and Dangers. The album was mastered by J.P. Bendzinski of the band Crystal Antlers. The cover art is a painting by the late Yan Burdzinski, an LA artist and surfer memorialized by The Entrance Band in their song, "Hands in the Shape of a Wave."

Dark Matter Traveler is out July 15th, vinyl and digital, on Highlands' own newly-formed label, Say Again Records.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Show Me 
2) Onto You 
3) Beauty
4) Daylight Station
5) I Know
6) Connections
7) Situations
8) Your Let Down
9) Go Down
10) You Stay Up

Highlands, who have shared stages recently with A Place to Bury Strangers, Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Meadow, Sleepy Sun, and more, will be taking their show on the road in the months to come. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 12, 2014

CR + High Times

My interview with Lil Debbie is out now in the July '14 issue of High Times.



Thursday, May 8, 2014

VICES - New Breed


Melotov Records announces the July 22nd release of Vices' debut full-length, New Breed.

From Jacksonville, Florida, Vices take swamp vibes and bluesy guitar solos and jam them into ferocious hardcore punk songs. As Decibel Magazine put it recently, "Vices play hardcore with a blues rock edge [that] will make you want to go smash liquor bottles down by the creek." Stream Vices' song, "Wasteland," via Decibel.

American Aftermath calls Vices' sound "a masterful pairing of hardcore and Southern-fried debauchery" – the blog premiered "Devil's Advocate" today, another new song off New Breed.

New Breed was produced by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip). The album follows a self-released 2012 EP, The Out Crowd Blues.

Melotov Records is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc. The label is home to releases by ACxDC, The Banner, Old Wounds, Ghostlimb, Tiger Flowers, and more.

Vices play their hometown of Jacksonville tonight then head west for a full US tour.

May 8 - Jacksonville, FL @ 818 Clay Street
May 11 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Dog House
May 12 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
May 13 - New Orleans, LA @ Culture Bar
May 14 - Houston, TX @ Mangos
May 15 - Dallas, TX @ Taqueria Pedritos
May 16 - Austin, TX @ 1808 Annex
May 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Poorcore HQ
May 18 - Lubbock, TX @ Depot Oyster Bar
May 19 - Gallup, NM @ Industry Gallery
May 20 - Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
May 22 - Lemon Grove, CA @ Copa Cabana
May 23 - Murietta, CA @ The Dial
May 24 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY
May 25 - Fresno, CA @ The CYC
May 28 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
May 29 - Everett, WA @ The Cut
May 30 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
May 31 - Laramie, WY @ Babe Haus
Jun 1 - Denver, CO @ Sidewinders
Jun 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Daveys Uptown
Jun 5 - St Louis, MO @ Cafe Ventana
Jun 6 - Conway, AR @ Greenwood Studio
Jun 8 - Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggos North
Jun 9 - Jackson, MS @ Rampage Skatepark
Jun 10 - Columbus, GA @ The Plughouse

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HUSH. + Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges has premiered HUSH.'s "Solus," the opening track off the band's debut full-length, Unexist.

Invisible Oranges editor Ian Chainey writes, "HUSH. are often compared to the canny mind-rewirers in Neurosis, particularly their Times of Grace. Indeed, Unexist operates similarly: it takes extremes of volume-as-texture and rockets the respective decibels at the others in a game of post-metal chicken. The crash begets new forms... Times of Grace is a touchstone, sure, but so are bands like Bloodlet. HUSH. is punker than most epic post- peers. The punk gene is still evident, not muted by years of splicing. It gives Unexist a sorely needed immediacy..."

From Albany, NY, HUSH. includes former and current members of From Ashes Rise, Self Defense Family, and Endicott.

The debut album, Unexist, was mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans (Old Man Gloom, Ladder Devils) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Tragedy). It is set for a June 24th release via the band.

American Aftermath recently debuted "Eater of All Things," another track off the album.